MW-GAIA will provide European leadership in understanding the Galaxy, its stars and planets, enhance the potential of the community in its scientific exploitation of the observations of more than a billion stars with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, and enhance the development of the next steps in astrometry and space astrometry missions.
The Action brings together key stakeholders from across Europe, to leverage expertise, and develop new techniques to fully maximise the scientific returns from Gaia's rich and complex data.
Five key challenges are addressed: The Milky Way as a Galaxy, The Life and Death of Stars; Planetary Systems Near and Far; Gaia Fundamentals: Space and Time; and Astrometry Innovation Challenge – towards sub-μas astrometry. COST enables the vital Action activities, supporting exchanges, training and meetings.
The Action will have a significant legacy, creating a dynamic and vibrant network of researchers with expertise in the study of the Milky Way, its constituents and the art of Astrometry. Participation is inclusive, with researchers accessing the Network from across Europe, irrespective of their gender or location.
This COST Action commenced 14 Mar 2019 and will complete 13 Mar 2023 (although with the possibility of an extension)
The ITC Conference Grant call is now OPEN on a continual basis. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis based on those received by the last day of every month. (Exception: The first evaluation deadline will be Fri 9 Apr 2021).
Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) Conference Grants support PhD students and Early Career researchers from participating ITCs to attend international conferences in the thematic domain of the Action.
Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.
The STSM short visit call is now OPEN on a continual basis. Applications iwill be reviewed on a monthly basis based on those received by the last day of every month.
The COST grant period has recently been extended and hence the exchange visit can now take place to ensure that the visit has completed by 30 September 2021. Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.
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